Kennett Run Features Variety of Events

BY DICK FITCH

KENNETT SQUARE, PA--On a bright and sunny morning more than 800 runners and walkers came out to participate in the 16th annual Kennett Square Run--a 10K and 5K Run, a 5K Race Walk, and a One-Mile Fun Walk. Starting in Kennett Square Borough, each proceeds along its course to nearby Anson B. Nixon Park for a scenic ending along a half-mile of freshly groomed trails, finishing beside two scenic fishing lakes and a spacious picnic area. The event was held May 14.

The first 10K runner to reach the finish line was Elarbi Khattabi in a time of 31:14, followed by Pavel Kokin and Marc Antone. Winner for the ladies was Julie Lavelle in 38:45 with Pam Gess and Ann Tierney taking second and third overall. John Carroll and Margaret Starnes won the Masters category.

Winner of the 5K Run was Joseph Mwai in 14:55 with Mohammed Ar-Ar and Bryan Skelly rounding out the top three places. Tatiana Belovel won amongst the ladies in 18:19 with Lorraine Jasper and Mary Shultz taking second and third. Masters winners were Randy Griffith and Hannah Christopher.

In the 5K Race Walk Amy Helm took first place overall in 33:52 with Linda Elek and Michelle Harris picking up second and third positions amongst the ladies. N. Claude Clauser moved up to men’s victor in 36:12 with Brooke Heckman and Marv Shapiro capturing second and third. Michael Miller and Debre Swayne took the Masters awards.

Champion Chip timing by Runners High provided prompt results in the 10K and 5K Runs.

As finishers refreshed themselves with a wide array of snacks and beverages, cash prizes were awarded to the top three overall men and women in the 10K and 5K races and running jackets were awarded to the winning Masters. Custom glass mugs were presented to the top three men and women in each age group in the 10K and 5K Runs and in the 5K Race Walk.

In addition to individual awards there was a team competition in the 10K Run. The Adios team took top honors in the Open category and Team Esquirego won the Corporate Division. Our congratulations to all team members.

Also featured in the day’s activities was the unique Kennett Run PoweRun competition. Under the leadership of the Kennett YMCA, runners in either the 10K or 5K can also enter this biathlon event. Participants first bench-press their body weight (60% for women) before the running events start. Their individual run times are then reduced for each bench-press repetition they achieve, providing an adjusted PoweRun score.

Regaining the top spot for his fifth overall victory in the 10K PoweRun (’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’05) was Tim Fuller who hefted 37 repetitions of his body weight while Frank Perna and Tony Lanio earned second and third honors. For the women, Pam Gess took the top award for her third consecutive victory, bench-pressing 60% of her weight 34 times. Joanne Abruzessi and Roya McCloskey took second and third honors.

In the 5K PoweRun, David Phillipes continued his total dominance of the event, adding to his string of victories (’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05), bench-pressing his body weight 40 times, and achieving the fastest adjusted run time. Randy Griffith and Robert McDonough took second and third awards. Cheryl VanBuskirk earned the top Ladies position, bench-pressing 60% of her body weight 44 times to help earn her the fastest overall time. Lorraine Jasper and Susan Nufrio achieved second and third place honors.

The PoweRun is a great event for the well-rounded athlete who runs and works at physical fitness and strength. The Kennett PoweRun is the area pacesetter in this type of event and draws a wide cross-section of participants.

The Kennett Square Run has achieved premiere ranking among Kennett Square events. Proceeds from the Run benefit individuals with special needs from the greater Kennett Square area. The funds are distributed through the Kennett Run Charities, which consists of members from the Exchange Club of Southern Chester County, the Kennett Lions Club, Kennett Rotary, and Kennett-at-Longwood Rotary, as well as other interested individuals from the area’s business community.

Our most hearty thanks are extended to the thoughtful sponsors, volunteers, and participants for helping make this such a successful event.